Please join our HiveMind conversation on protecting and restoring biodiversity
in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Should we prioritise indigenous species? What should we do about rats, deer and trout? Should we use 1080? What about
the Treaty of Waitangi: what should be done to enable kaitiakitanga? Should there be incentives for private landowners
to protect and restore biodiversity? These are some of the issues dividing the people taking part in our interactive
Biodiversity HiveMind, which launched on 5 August.
Scoop and PEP
invite you to join the discussion and share your issues, ideas and perspectives on biodiversity. We also invite you to
encourage other people to take part. Click here
to find out more about the Biodiversity HiveMind and take part.
At a time when opinion can seem polarised, Scoop’s HiveMind process is able to identify areas of common ground. For
example, almost everyone seems to agree that we should innovate to become more inclusive of nature and biodiversity in
our city/town designs, that owning water rights should not allow owners to degrade the resource, and that we should be
creating more mainland sanctuaries and marine reserves. None of these things are included in the DOC-led discussion document
There’s been a lot of interest.
Over 280 people have voted more than 11,000 times on a range of ideas and proposals. And lots of people have ideas. So
far, 48 people have added over 120 ideas for other participants to consider.
Be in quickly if you want to share your biodiversity ideas. You will be able to add statements for others to consider
until 1 September 2019.
You will be able to continue voting until 8 September. We will publish a findings report by 23 September 2019.
If you already took part earlier, please return to the Biodiversity HiveMind
to review emerging opinion, consider new statements and add your own statements. HiveMind remembers which statements
you have already considered and will present you with new ones.
Our Biodiversity HiveMind is one way for you to take part in the DOC-led public consultation on proposals for a new NZ
Biodiversity Strategy. Information about other ways to take part are available here
The Dig Biodiversity Journalism
Scoop’s new platform The Dig is running an in-depth journalism series on Biodiversity.
In the first guest post Whose Biodiversity Is It Anyway?
award-winning journalist and photographer Dave Hansford asks this thought provoking question:
"The DOC-led draft Biodiversity Strategy seeks a 'shared vision.' But there are more values and views around wildlife
than there are species. How can we hope to agree on the shape of Aotearoa’s future biota?" Read Now On The Dig >>
You can also help us continue this discussion in the Scoop Citizen Members Forum >>
What is HiveMind?
Welcome to HiveMind - Scoop's new public engagement platform. HiveMind is an experiment including our readers in
co-creating a more participatory and interactive public media conversation.
We believe online public engagement tools can help groups of people interested in an issue to find new points of
commonality and novel solutions to complex societal problems. Such problems require broad-based and inclusive debate and
It's all too easy for us to remain stuck in polarised worldviews or our social media bubbles. HiveMind seeks to get
beyond these echo chambers and to allow people to:
- Engage in a meaningful process
- Learn from other perspectives
- Identify common ground in disparate viewpoints
- Create potentially innovative and practical solutions to real world issues
HiveMind uses Pol.is - an online tool for collecting open-ended feedback from large groups of people. Through a
HiveMind exploration you can voice your opinion about a story or issue, and can also agree and disagree with what others
are saying, one statement at a time. New statements go through a moderation process and then are added so that
participants can vote on them.
Pol.is runs statistical analysis on these voting patterns in real-time. It produces opinion groups and surfaces the
comments that brought each group together. It also identifies comments that found broad consensus among participants.
Read more about HiveMind here